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Eric's Sunday Sermon; God and Love and Synergism

Updated on September 4, 2016

A small child without a family has a much tougher time in life.

Love kind of requires at least two. Yes we can love ourselves but that is only the beginning of love.
Love kind of requires at least two. Yes we can love ourselves but that is only the beginning of love. | Source

The power on working with others.

Sometime take the time to watch ants at work. Do the same with termites. And then check out honey bees. You can just put in those names in Google and find videos of such things. Although I must say that seeing them live at work is quite outstanding but not all of us have the inclination or time to cruise around for hours finding and watching them. They are almost nothing alone. But together they can build or demolish something of size and importance.

Have you ever watched a team sport with just one player? Have you ever heard a live symphony with just a trumpet? Have you ever checked into a hospital with just the doctor? Have you ever seen a school with one pupil? Have you ever attended a worship service with only you? Could God even exist all by Himself? Have you ever tried only loving yourself? Try marrying yourself and starting a family.

Oh for sure there are things best done all alone. Personally I like to engage in the bodily function of evacuating my bowels all alone. I just love this line from a country western song: “when I drink alone I like to do it by myself”. However most the stuff we do alone effects someone else whether we want it to or not.

I, like many writers like to isolate. And I like to do a whole bunch of things by myself as much or more than with others. However the reality is that I have friends and family and associates and bills to pay. While isolating is my right, the problem is that it affects others. So in a sense I do not have the right not to have communicating intercourse with others.

Take a look outside of the box. Getting the “stuff” done requires us to work together. But there is a different plane out there and in there. The hard work of loving one another. It is clear that the more folk we get together the stronger the love factor. So if our goal is to love, then like the ants we do much better with synergism.

An Elvis song really

Family through my wife -- we really do love each other

The bonding effect of spreading the love
The bonding effect of spreading the love | Source

Let love live

Oh for sure there are great Bible verses on love. Now don’t go running off looking for them. The Bible is best savored through concepts and not word by word interpretation. So it goes like this. Those who don’t know love do not know God. Those who do for the least of us, do so also for God. God is Love. And that great notion of loving one another. How about the beauty of; For God so loved the world He sent his only son for us. And a favorite for me; there is not greater love than to lay down one’s life for another.

I notice something in common there. It would seem that we have to love one another in order to do right by God. And this of course leads us to that great concept again that God is Love. I like the concept of “I need you to love”. And it’s buddy concept of “I need you to love me”. Now don’t go down that road of co-dependency voodoo. Just get over it. We need each other and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Remember no one would have job or earn a living if it were not for others. Many times when I have a void of love, others fill it for me. Did you know that if there were not poor people, rich people would have no one to help, and that would be a bummer. When I do for others I do for myself. Just as a side here, animals love us back but we have yet to figure out if rocks do also. Don’t tell anyone but I get the sense that my home loves me.

I think if we were to catch love and put it in a box and seal it up, it would die. I also think that if we do not love enough our love begins to atrophy. It also appears clear that the more we practice something the better we get at it. At least that is what I tell people I coach or teach or my children.

Maybe we should come together

Why synergism?

I am quite sure that you know that we can now make the lungs and heart work with artificial means. I suppose that is really cool. But I also question it. But did you know that they cannot make the brain work artificially, at least not yet. And are you aware that a specialized foot massage can cure a headache. Your heart will stop working and your lungs will collapse and your brain will go dead without a pancreas or liver or kidneys. They are working on artificial means to do the work of those organs and they kind of have it down with kidneys but not really. Complex living organisms rely on the synergistic functioning of the whole organism. Likewise there are some tasks that we simply cannot do alone or independently.

Now does a butterfly in China flapping it’s wings really affect me here in North America? I do not know. But I do know that cutting down rain forests in the Amazon affects how much oxygen is in the earth’s air and that that affects me. I know in my heart that damming a river affects me. I know that the unnatural death of a Sea Lion really affects my mood and productivity and therefor that it affects others.

This might be a strange thing to say but here we go. I do not believe that prayers need to go up to God and come back down in order to be effective. You see I believe that God is love like the Bible teaches me. And I believe in the time honored notion that God is omnipotent and omnipresent. So I believe that the prayer done in love for another often goes directly to the other. And I believe it can heal in so doing. We are all just so connected in love and distanced in the absence of love. Love is a constant synergism. I buy the notion that love can conquer all.

Without love?

Does sadness block our love or does love prevent sadness?
Does sadness block our love or does love prevent sadness? | Source

Loving together is actually more effective than working together.

Are you aware that when another has an ouch if you can rub your hands together real fast making them hot through friction and then place those hands on the hurt part of the other it will cause the healing blood of the body to surge to that place and healing is fostered. Add to that the energy of love and compassion and good things are going to happen. A prayer is a good way to facilitate that transfer of energy and love. Two or more can cause healing to be strengthened. I call that synergism. There is a cool saying that we usually use when someone in a relationship is not loving the other person back. We say “love is a two way street”. But flip that around to the positive and you get a rule of natural love.

Pregnant ladies have a glow. It could be because the unborn child is giving the mother energy and love back. It would appear that you have two kinds of sermons. One filled with love and the other without it. Do we wonder which one is better? We are currently blessed in this home. My young son has a winning streak of teachers that love their students. Wow he loves to go to class. Oh yea they learn to do stuff there also. What up with that, his two favorite subjects are math and writing. Not recess and PE?

Interestingly in our home my wife and I both love our son. We both have areas of teaching him and going through his homework. I am of the school of saying things like “alright let’s see what we can learn with this assignment it will be great”. She is of the school of a strict disciplinarian. It is awesome because both methods work because both are done in love. He loves to achieve for his mother, and he loves to do it with his dad. We could not do this without the three of us joining in love.

We have all heard and witnessed that “united we stand and divided we fall”. If we apply that to love we are greatly benefited, and so are others. I suggest that if you do not have one, find a cause with a group of people behind it. Join it and insert your love into it. You will likely infect others and the synergism will begin.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence I am so "on board" with you. Please allow me; We have so many Bible thumpers, that my calling was and is different. When I preached physically to a congregation it included direct repetition and quotation of scripture. No, I was not paid for my labors of love. God compensated me.

      Now my wife, bless her heart and soul. Just decided to build, within our home a place of "worship". We have had many many home services here with best buddies and family in Christ. So this needed to be done. She wanted to take all my Bibles and put them there. Eight were allowed but my 1907 Latin Vulgate and my "open study Bible" were not allowed out of reach where I study. I love my Bibles and read them more than daily. Each word to me is sanctified.

      But I am not called to cite scripture and decipher it for others. My calling is to get those who I call friends to question not the Bible --- but me!

      You do that with style and grace and I deeply appreciate/love it. I believe people are smarter than me and will find my errors and live better because of it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Sometimes I think we do need to let the Bible interpret itself.

      Example. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul hives us a list of great things then says 'But if I don't have love I'm wasting time ' then he gives us the nuts and bolts of what this 'love' really is!

      I get what you're saying, but there's times when the Bible does it best!

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. We all can do better I suppose. I agree with you.

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      teaches12345 15 months ago

      I often reflect upon the truth of loving one another in order to be a part of God's plan of redemption. It is true, if we can learn to love others it is a reflection of God himself. We could use a lot more love for our fellow man in this world.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, it pleases me greatly to hear you say that. You are living the love. My pappy at around 82 or so told me that the good communicator somehow reaches people with what they need to hear at that moment. Thank you for letting me know.

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      Denise W Anderson 15 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is a great day for this sermon! I have just spent a week with one of my children and their new addition to their family. We all worked together to help that little one feel at home just after entering this world, and we could not have done it without love!

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - The Diva family is safely back at home. Where we were there was no internet, no phones, no electricity, and (as the joke goes) running water only if you can jog while carrying a bucket.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Linda - that is great. I find my self paraphrasing that Bible verse several times a day. I love it. Shucks in my house we live it.

      I surely do hope that you note finds you safe in travels (I really hope you are still there and just sneaking in time to comment ;-)

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, what a sweet hub. It's absolutely dripping with love. Threekeys said something above that reminded me of another Bible verse. "Instead of 1+1=2, 1+1=3." The scripture I am thinking of is "When 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

      You, my friend, are not a spoiled brat. You share the love in your heart, you provide topics for all of us to consider and muse upon, and you share love.

      Nuff said!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith I am a spoiled brat. I am totally self centered. I build people up for the effect on me. I am a blatant addict for the feeling I get when I love others.

      Perhaps it is simply because of the loving embrace I get from God when I do as He has commanded.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby that is a great point to make through Bill's story. From what I understand mine was just the opposite. Born with some defects I had to spend a few months in the hospital after birth. My adoptive parents, older siblings and nurses went crazy loving me. I lack in many areas but love is not one of them. Thank you for reminding me of that blessing.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Dora, boy you hit the nail on the head. I need to tone down the different style of sentence structure. The concept is to look at things from a different perspective by the sentence being written differently. But I am doing it too much to a point of confusion. Thank you for your loving comment.

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Precious heart, Eric,

      You certainly know how to build-up and edify another one in this life ...what a blessing and a treasure you are on this Earth to me and countless more.

      In His Love Always,

      "Ms. Reaper" : )

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am still laughing at Mel's comment lol. I like this sermon on love and working together to make it work. I am thinking of Billybuc's story about him being placed in a children's home when he was born. He had no human contact and became blind. When he was adopted and found love his sight returned. Love is so important. Thank you again...

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      Dora Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      I had to reread some of your sentences, but no this one: "We are all just so connected in love and distanced in the absence of love." Clear and relevant message. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Ms. Reaper, you always spread the love. And in so doing when I see your name I run to see what you have contributed. You motivate me to connect to another. I do believe that is the essence of being the "light on the hill". You are the epitome of some of my favorite Bible verses. Please excuse me as I write them out here: Mat 5:14-16

      14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Well, here you go again, sharing the love in your heart for all, and expressing it in such a commonsense way for all to understand.

      I've read that newborns who are orphans are no longer placed in orphanages because of the high mortality rate ...And that is for the fact that they do not experience enough loving touch to stay alive! All babies need to be held and cuddled in a loving manner to know of love and survive.

      You've made some important observations about writers, seemingly isolating themselves from others ...not good. We need each other in this life.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours always

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed I sure am glad you came by. I just plain like being alone. I have really good close people and I always enjoy being with them. There is a real close friend of mine and we spend time with each other all alone. We can spend hours within speaking distance and not say a word. Perhaps he inherited it, his is my adult son.

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      ahorseback 15 months ago

      There is so much here to think on Eric ! Love is best shared though it isn't always so yet your analogy of the butterfly in china ; also so very important . You have a way with sermons my friend , and I always enjoy them alone , All I can say is this ;

      I believe in butterflies !

      Solitude , as you know , is a close friend of mine and you're right , we cause others pain at times with our needs for solitude and THAT breaks my heart , even as an older man . Thank you for this , I must go now and connect with some waiting loved ones !...........:-}

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A Holiday Bill, my boy and I are headed out to a nursery and a hike on a busy trail. Just by his smile he spreads the love and it just draws me in to join him. How cool is that?!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Color me loved. Color you loved. Now, our jobs, as I see it, is to spread that love near and far. Can we do it, buddy? I know we can!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I appreciate your blessings whonu. Your letting me know you are here to support me -- is that which creates our synergism.

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      whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

      Great sermon my friend Eric. Keep them coming. Blessings. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Threekeys thank you for coming by. That harmony is such a big deal. I used to kind of get off on turmoil and chaos. I am glad I outgrew that.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Strange thing about age that way. "Did I say that?" is a constant phrase around here.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Igualmente. Equally, my Bro. The large family photo is beautiful! Thank you so much!!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi manatita, it is always good of you to come by. I appreciate your comments very much. We together increase the blessings.

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      Threekeys 15 months ago from Australia

      Yes something happens where instead of 1+1=2, 1+1=3 and that is synergy as you described in this entertaining yet informing hub. Everything just flows and is in harmony. A little child may call it magic or magical.

      I love to hear how much you love and are proud of your wife and son.

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      I'm getting old and I guess the verbal filter is clogged.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You have no shame Mr. Carriere.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Synergism. A great word and quite a necessary one.

      A beautifully illustrated Hub, told with concern and empathy and the joy and decency that I've come to expect from you and family. May you all continue to do excellently, by His Grace or Love. Higher blessings this weekend and always ...

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      Everything is better with Tequila, even the fat chick leaning against the bar looks better. This is why I stay away from Tequila and stick to beer.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dang Mel, I just got this and it really pumped up my mood. I have to travel over to the big City, Lemon Grove and get me some provisions. I even put my sunday go to meeting clothes on -- that means aside from my sandals and shorts I have a big boy shirt with buttons. I am quite sure that you flatulating Extravaganza is a far cry better than the extremely intoxicated Mariachi band playing a quinceañero next door. That is a great thing about Tequila -- your own music sure sounds good.

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      Sometimes I conduct secret symphonies with just me on a kazoo, and it is as pleasing to the ear as a vast, philharmonic orchestra.

      Sometimes I might do this while evacuating my bowels, as you so poetically stated, so that the synergistic effect of the horn combined with the percussion section is astounding and greatly exceeds the sum of its component parts (or farts?), at least to me.

      I suspect that they cannot make the brain work independently as yet because there is some type of ethereal substance in there besides neurons and gray matter ooze that is its true driving force.

      John Steinbeck, my favorite author, said "Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God." Maybe that is why prayers now take a direct route to the people that they are prayed for, to avoid that chaos of getting caught in a traffic jam before the thrones of heaven.

      You are a superb philosopher and sage. You catch wisdom in a neat bottle for the rest of us to drink. Have a fantastic Sunday over there in the Sprung Valley.